I am not a morning person. If I could be woken up after a good night’s sleep with a huge mug of coffee, then allowed to take a 20 minute nap, and then I could be up for the day – then maybe I would be happy and cheery before noon. But this can’t happen, so instead, I am grumpy and rude until I finish my coffee and have breakfast and feel more awake.
In my defense, mornings are really hard! Waking up early is miserable, and waking up early for either school or work is even worse. You have to leave your comfy bed knowing you’re about to do something that is probably boring all day long. Trying to get ready for the day – hair, makeup, clothes, etc – while you’re not even fully awake is not fun. Making your mornings less like torture and more pleasant sounds like a pretty great New Year’s resolution idea to me. To get you started, here are 12 tips on how to make mornings easier and better from Ask Reddit users. Good luck!
Plan Ahead The Night BeforeTheFightGoes0n: Plan ahead. Look at what you have to do tomorrow, work, school, maybe both. Take 15 minutes and pick out the clothes you'll wear and make your lunch. Have your book bag/briefcase ready and near the door so that you can grab and go. Finally, disconnect. If you need to be up by 8 AM, you should be winding down around 10:30 PM...getting into bed and giving your brain time to quiet for peaceful sleep. Planning ahead is the easiest way to have a better morning. It takes away some of the stress of getting ready and might even allow you to sleep a little bit later. We all know this, yet, when we're in bed at night, we don't want to get up to do anything. Source: ShutterStock
Wake Up Earlier Than You Have Tocatapillar_cataclysm: This may sound dumb, but I wake up earlier than I need to. I usually wake an hour and a half before I leave for school or work or whatever. It gives me time to take a shower and eat breakfast before I go anywhere and I avoid that stressful time crunch. A lot of the time I'll read or play guitar or do homework and by the time I'm walking out the door it doesn't feel like morning anymore. It doesn't sound dumb! While waking up earlier might sound counter-intuitive, it's a good idea because it allows you more time to get everything done. You'll feel more relaxed and happy. It might even make you look forward to mornings. Source: ShutterStock
Have An OrgasmI_Have_So_Many_Names: Sex. Well, I mean... yeah. That works. If you have no one to have sex with, get intimate with yourself. Guarantee you'll be smiling in no time. Source: ShutterStock
Set A Fun AlarmPhilosophyOfTheWorld: Have a whimsical alarm tone, but make sure to change it up every so often so you don't grow to completely resent the song. This is my current alarm song. One person said they used "Circle Of Life" from The Lion King. That's pretty awesome. Source: ShutterStock
Take Your Time Getting Out Of Bedsarandipitous_l: Take your time getting out of bed. Something I like to do is lay in bed for 10 or 15 minutes before I actually get up. Get your brain up and running. I usually clown around on Reddit while I'm still laying or browse some news, check my agenda for the day, reply to texts etc. I do this sometimes, and it does make me feel better about the mornings. It goes hand in hand with waking up earlier than you should. It's relaxing. Source: ShutterStock
Get A CatTaylor_Kittenface: Get a cat. My cat wakes me up every morning by trampling all over me, it's way better than any alarm clock I've ever had because it's cute and fluffy! UM yes. This is actually good advice. Cats are like little living alarm clocks. My cat and my boyfriend's cats wake me up at the same time every single morning. Also, cats literally will not leave you alone until you do what they want. They basically force you to get out of bed. I mean, obviously don't buy one if you're not ready for the responsibility of taking care of one, but if you are... do it. This is an added bonus of a cat. Source: ShutterStock
Watch Or Listen To Something FunnyLbooogie: I like to put on one episode of South Park for background noise as I am running about getting ready to go. Really sets the tone for the day. I'm not sure if this person was being sarcastic, but it's actually a good tip. As long as you don't sit there staring at the TV, having something funny on in the background may make mornings more amusing. Source: ShutterStock
Eat A Good BreakfastLuuuuuurrker: have a proper breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day... I know you've heard that 100 times, but it's true. Eat whatever you like, whether it's cereal, eggs, pancakes or a granola bar. Source: ShutterStock
Avoid The Snooze ButtonCanadianEhhhh: DONT PRESS THE SNOOZE!! It will only leave you more tired and your morning dreadful. Instead, as soon as your eyes open sit up up right away and jump out of bed and turn on the lights and open up those blinds. You will be cold and blinded for the first few minutes on the morning but awake and alert for the rest. Yes, it's true. The snooze button is actually evil. Source: ShutterStock
Download Sleep CycleMerkinfumble: Get the Sleep Cycle app. It monitors your stages of sleep and wakes you in the morning at the time before your alarm when you are in the lightest sleep. It changed my life. Unclear as to whether this person works there or not, but hey, for only .99, it's worth a try! Check it out here
Run Around Like CrazyTeaBurntMyTongue: Adrenaline. My morning strategy is to NOT set the alarm early at all. If I can procrastinate, I will procrastinate. I give myself EXACTLY enough time and by exactly enough time I mean eating in between lifts, peeing in the shower while brushing my teeth. Putting clothes on and sprinting to the car. Finish dressing (button, tuck in, tie tie) while at stoplights. It takes me exactly 25 minutes from the time I wake up to the time I'm fully suited up at my brokerage. I'm ready to light the world on fire at that point. See, this has been my strategy. I just, uh, didn't know it was a strategy. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these tips do you think is the most helpful? Are you a morning person? How do you make waking up easier? Tell me in the comments.